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The long awaited Hope Town Community Center project is getting closer to completion with most of the exterior completed and the focus now turning to completion of the interior and the landscaping.

Hope Town Community Center Progressing Smoothly

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The long awaited Hope Town Community Center project is getting closer to completion with most of the exterior completed and the focus now turning to completion of the interior and the landscaping.

After breaking ground on April 6 this year they have made great strides towards completion with a hard working committee, community support and a great construction team.

According to Paul Thompson, Executive Chairman of the Community Center Project Committee, the exterior is all done and the building is being closed in. “Work now continues on the interior finishing and then landscaping. A fund-raising effort is now underway which is necessary in order to complete the Community Center and open it for use,” he said.

Mr. Thompson said that the initial phase of construction – the foundation and walls – was undertaken and completed by Abaco Rock Ltd., led by Kenny Maltarp. The center was also designed to be a hurricane and emergency shelter, and has been built using a new type of insulated concrete wall (Quad-loc) which is 12 inches thick.

The next phase involved putting on the Bermuda roof, with several overlapping layers for extra insulation and weather-proofing, as well as the windows and doors, followed by the exterior finishing. This phase was undertaken by Stephen Moss Construction.

“Electrical and plumbing work, and interior wall and floor finishing remain to be done, along with landscaping, and the new Community Center will then be open for us by the community for a wide variety of activities, for youth, adults and seniors,” Mr. Thompson said. “The center, designed by conceptual designer, Michael Myers, effectively complements the unique architecture of Hope Town and will add considerably to what the community has to offer local residents, second homeowners and visitors alike.”

The project is open to anyone helping us reach our goal for completion. Contact Paul Thompson (366-0029 or pdthompson@coralwave.com) or Monica Cook (366-0052 or monicacook@gmail.com) in Hope Town for more information on what is needed and to make a pledge/donation. Community is people helping people so that all benefit.

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About Timothy Roberts

Timothy Roberts

Timothy had his first venture into Journalism just months after graduating from Queen’s College in Nassau taking his first job with The Tribune in 1991 leaving in 1992 for other pursuits.

During his time in Nassau he diversified his experiences working as a warehouse manager, locksmith and computer technician before returning to Abaco, a place he has always considered home, in 1999.

He joined the staff of The Abaconian in 2001 doing graphic design and writing an opinion article called Generally Speaking and after a brief time away, returned to The Abaconian in 2010 as a reporter, graphic designer and computer technician.

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